New circular on students taking part in sports

A new circular is being drafted on the conditions under which a school child can be included to take part in a sport on behalf of the school.
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that a circular is already in place for schools when allowing a child to take part in a marathon race, which includes a compulsory medical test.
Gunawardena said the Ministry will take measures to investigate if all government schools follow the circular especially after recent reports of young children collapsing and being pronounced dead after taking part in school marathon events.
“The sports medical unit has already submitted some proposals for the new circular which will be issued in addition to the existing circular,” the Minister said.
The Minister said that sport is an important aspect of the extracurricular activities approved in state schools.
However following the recent incidents, the minister said that on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, officials from the Health Ministry, Education Ministry and the Sri Lanka Sports medical unit are now engaged in discussions to formulate the new circular.
He also said that in the new school term from May it will be made compulsory that all schools allocate at least 10 minutes for physical training to ensure the child is kept fit.